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September 2023

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  • Celliola & Friends
  • Tuesdays @ Monk Space: Für Clarence
  • What is American: PUBLIQuartet
  • Laós Chamber Music - Autumn Soiree
  • USC Thornton Symphony
  • i am no longer afraid to run

  • Satoko Inoue: Satoko Plays Japan in Claremont
    Drinkward Recital Hall, Harvey Mudd College
    7:00 PM

    Drinkward Recital Hall, lower level Shanahan Center, Harvey Mudd College
    320 East Foothill Boulevard, Claremont
    Street parking available on Foothill Blvd.
    Free and open to the public

    Harvey Mudd College Presents
    Satoko Inoue: Satoko Plays Japan in Claremont

    Pianist Satoko Inoue, one of Japan’s leading interpreters of contemporary music, will perform works by renowned Japanese composer Jo Kondo together with new compositions by Yuji Itoh and Toshiya Watanabe and world premieres of works by Satoshi Tanaka and Yuka Shibuya.

  • Thornton Edge
    USC Newman Recital Hall, 700 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
    7:30 PM

    Thornton Edge, USC Thornton's new music ensemble under the direction of faculty member Donald Crockett, presents the world premiere of Thornton faculty member Mark Weiser's Lumina for eleven instruments and Frederic Rzewski's iconic Coming Together for baritone reciter and large ensemble.

  • Tuesdays at Monk Space: Signs of Life with Alan Duff Berman
    Monk Space
    8:00 PM

    Originally formed as a quartet comprising flute, cello, guitar and mallets in the 1980’s, Signs of Life is reimagined and reunited for this October concert.

    Organizer Alan Duff Berman (classical and electric guitars, banjo) and Signs of Life are joined by special guests soprano Stacey Fraser and mezzo Meagan Martin to perform works written and arranged specifically for the group. George Crumb’s space travel inspired Night of the Four Moons rounds out the program, just in time to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

    Tickets and more info here:

  • USC Thornton Winds
    Bovard Auditorium, Bovard Administration Building, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
    7:30 PM

    The USC Thornton Winds is led by guest conductor Michelle Rakers in an evening performance.

    The event includes Robert Jager's Esprit de Corps, Jennifer Higdon's (arr. Nowlin) Blue Cathedral, Steven Stucky's Funeral Music for Queen Mary and Alberto Ginastera's (arr. Patterson) Estancia.

    Previously the senior assistant director for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra, conductor Michelle Rakers has led countless programs at the White House, in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

    The Ford
    8:00 PM

    AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA brings together the traditional music from the Sierra Zapoteca of Oaxaca with experimental arrangements, featuring the Oaxacan LA-based Maqueos Music youth philharmonic band, multidisciplinary artist Dorian Wood, indigenous trilingual Mixtec rapper Una Isu, Latina coloratura Soprano Maria Elena Altany, Chicano “futuristic laser gangster bass” electronic musician Baseck, multi-instrumentalist and conductor extraordinaire Yulissa Maqueos, and the Mexican extreme vocalist and interdisciplinary artist Carmina Escobar.

    Conceived by Mexico City-raised, Los Angeles-based Escobar, AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA is the result of her seven-year long collaborative relationship with maestro Estanislao Maqueos, founder of the first youth philharmonic band in the United States composed of first generation Oaxaqueños in America, called the Maqueos Music Academy. The Academy’s talented musicians are the centerpiece of AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA, and they embody the Academy’s mission to support music and to create a safe space for learning and preserving their culture through music.

    AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA was created by co-Artistic Directors Escobar and artist Madeline Falcone for Boss Witch Productions. Tickets available at

  • The Unwrinkled Ear: Anthony Braxton, solo
    First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
    8:00 PM

    More than 50 years after he recorded the world’s first solo jazz saxophone album, the landmark For Alto (1971), Anthony Braxton is set to finally return to Los Angeles for a solo performance on October 6, 2023.

    Braxton is a visionary in the world of contemporary music, renowned for his groundbreaking work in avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, and experimental music. His numerous commendations have included being named a MacArthur fellow and NEA Jazz Master. His prodigious recordings, performances and writings have proven him to be a composer, performer, philosopher, and educator with few peers.

    Since the late 1960’s Braxton has made an indelible mark on the music world; his development of a multi-hierarchic and trans-idiomatic practice has both embraced tradition while also moving into radical new territories. From his early work, including as a key member of the AACM to his later Arista albums, his "Forces in Motion" Quartet, Ghost Trance Music, Trillium Opera Complex and beyond, Braxton has tirelessly sought to investigate and push the boundaries of music and human perception with a rapturous enthusiasm that has inspired generations of artists and listeners.

    Braxton’s solo Los Angeles debut will be a rare opportunity to witness his unmatched musicianship and unparalleled creativity in its most direct, unvarnished form. Armed with his signature alto saxophone, Braxton can be expected to deliver a dynamic performance marked by emotional intensity and technical virtuosity. Defying categorization with blistering solos and delicate melodies, his music spans a vast sonic landscape, drawing from an unparalleled, extensive repertoire of original compositions and improvisations. Performing within the sonorous space of the First Congregational Church, Braxton’s performance promises to be a rare immersive musical spectacle, a must-see event for anyone with a passion for cutting-edge music.

    Co-presented with Black Editions.

  • Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
    7:30 PM

    VOICES OF LIGHT / The Passion of Joan of Arc Voices of Light is a stunning evening of music and film. Praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective,” and “moving” by the New York TimesWashington Post and Chicago Sun Times, the music has attracted a huge audience on its own.

    Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. Einhorn’s compositions have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” and “sensational.” An incredibly moving composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, Voices of Light has been hailed as “a triumph” (Los Angeles Times) and “an overwhelming experience” (Chicago Tribune).

    The 1928 silent Film The Passion of Joan of Arc chronicles Joan of Arc’s trial in the hours leading up to her execution. Pioneering director Carl Theodor Dreyer employed an array of techniques—expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, painfully intimate close-ups—to immerse viewers in the experience along with Joan, portrayed in a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti.

  • Resonance Collective: Fall of the House of Usher
    First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
    7:00 PM

    Prepare to be captivated as HEX, the award winning new music sextet, brings Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale, "Fall of the House of Usher," to life. With their unique blend of atmospheric soundscapes using only a capella voices, HEX will accompany the film in real-time, immersing you in a sensory experience like no other.

    Witness the chilling story of the Usher siblings unfold on the big screen, while the score's haunting melodies and ambient textures intensify the suspense. As the narrative takes unexpected twists and turns, the music will keep you on the edge of your seat, amplifying the surrealist horror and adding a new dimension to this classic tale.

    Don't miss this extraordinary fusion of film and live music that will leave you spellbound. Grab your friends and join us for an unforgettable evening at the Fall of the House of Usher.

    THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, a one-of-a-kind live scoring of Jean Epstein’s 1929 silent horror film, The Fall of the House of Usher, will feature a composite film score composed by twelve composers including Nilo Alcala, Matthew Brown, Saunder Choi, David Conley, Drew Corey, KC Daugirdis, David Harris, Allen Menton, Molly Pease, Joseph Thel, Diana Woolner, and Morgan Woolsey.

    Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
    4:00 PM

  • The Unwrinkled Ear: Eric Vloeimans & Will Holshouser // Wendy Richman
    Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
    8:00 PM

  • Piano Spheres presents Gloria Cheng: Root Progressions
    Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
    8:00 PM

    Root Progressions will feature the premieres of six solo piano compositions commissioned by pianist Gloria Cheng to six acclaimed jazz composers: Linda May Han Oh, Jong Jang, Arturo O’Farril, Anthony Davis, James Newton and Gernot Wolfgang.  These composers were chosen by Gloria in collaboration with composer/flutist James Newton, and are all celebrated trailblazers representing various streams of global contemporary classical composition and forward-looking jazz. Their classical training richly positions them to blur the traditional boundaries separating jazz and classical new music.

    This program is a co-production with the Angel City Jazz Festival, and will feature solo sets by pianist Cheng, as well as duo sets led by composer/performers Linda May Han Oh and Jong Jang:

    First set:
    Gloria Cheng – solo piano
    Jong Jang – piano
    Hitomi Oba -sax

    Second set:
    Gloria Cheng – solo piano
    Linda May Han Oh – bass
    Fabian Almazan – piano

  • USC Thornton Winds
    Bovard Auditorium, Bovard Administration Building, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
    7:30 PM

    The USC Thornton Winds, led by resident conductor Sharon Lavery, celebrates the career of Winds & Percussion faculty member Jim Self in this evening concert. 

    Jim Self is an esteemed tuba player and composer whose acclaimed work, Tour de Force, was commissioned for The Pacific Symphony in 2008.

    In addition to Self's Tour de Force, this program features Fanfare for Earth by Giovanni Santos, LA Tudes by Jules Pegram, Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger and Octet Partita in F Major, Op 57 by Franz Krämer.

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